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Happening Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay has been called the whale-watching capital of the world, but before you start planning your big Free Willy sequel in your mind, remember that it is the much larger humpback whales (as opposed to killer whales) that frequent the waters around Hervey Bay.

Urangan Boat Harbour is not only the launching pad for whale watching, but also to Fraser Island. The island is popular with four-wheel-drivers wanting to test their sand-driving skills, and also protects Hervey Bay – making it a great place to swim or fish. Speaking of driving, the town also has a Go-Kart Track, so while you won’t be able to re-create Free Willy, remaking Days of Thunder (or possibly Talladega Nights) is well within your reach! With its white sands, friendly, laid-back locals and stunning Fraser Island on the doorstep, Hervey Bay is a holiday dream come true.


10. Urangan Jetty Keep walking. Keep walking. Oh look, some fish. Keep walking. Keep walking. (It’s pretty long.) 5. The Esplanade With walking paths, bicycle paths and picnic areas, there are many ways to take in the view.
9. Burrum District Museum Explore the history of mining in the region. 4. Coral Viewing Boat Tour If you don’t like getting wet, viewing the coral from this glass-bottom boat is the next best thing.
8. Lady Elliot Island Popular with sea turtles and divers alike. 3. Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum Go back in time and get a demonstration on being a blacksmith.
7. Wetside Water Education Park With water slides and wave machines, this is another way to experience water. 2. Fraser Island The largest sand island in the world also boasts rainforests and a large dingo population. (They’re thought to be the ‘purest’ dingoes in the country.)
6. Scrub Hill Community Farm Run by a local Aboriginal community, you can get great organic veg and a real didgeridoo. 1. Whale Watching Come see the imposing beasts from late-July to early November.


The Hervey Bay Triathlon and Multisports Festival in May sees first-timers and Olympians compete side by side. Well, you’ll be side by side at the start anyway…

In August, the Hervey Bay Whale Festival celebrates the return of the huge humpback whales to the region.

Also in August, the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival will make sure you don’t go hungry.

August is clearly the time to visit, as there is also the Oceans of Fun Festival for little kids and kids at heart.

Unleash your inner artist at McGregor on the Bay. Art classes are held at the University of Southern Queensland’s coastal campus in September.


  • Hervey Bay has a subtropical climate, but has decided to just take the good dry bits and leave the bad wet bits.
  • Temperatures are pleasant throughout the year, averaging 30ºC (86ºF) in summer and 23ºC (73ºF) in winter.
  • Hervey Bay doesn’t experience much rain throughout the year, making it great for a visit at any time.


  • Not only are there plenty of places to rent a bike on the Esplanade, but you can also have a bicycle delivered to your door, making riding an excellent option.
  • Renting a 4WD is one of the best ways to see and access Fraser Island.
  • Take a walk along the Esplanade and relax at the many picnic spots along the way.

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1 Oceans Resort & Spa Hervey Bay

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3 Ramada Resort Hervey Bay

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7 Mantra Hervey Bay

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8 Grand Mercure Allegra Hervey Bay

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